Ding Ding Song is one of our Mandarin Teachers. She is a bundle of positive energy, willing to share and always so very helpful which is a win win win for our students and her colleagues! We found her work today on a colorful graphic organizer, which she designed for use as reflective learning tool, another great idea to share.
Ding Ding took the idea of graffiti posters (see Tash's Blog What Does Reflection Look Like? 02/22/2011) and made it her own in the form of a graphic organizer. Students write the feedback in Mandarin and in English. During her lesson she wanted to gather individual feedback on content and participation. The results, as usual, were enlightening. For example, one student responded, "I'm so scared, there are so many characters to learn." This gives Ding Ding the opportunity to acknowledge this student's feelings and encourage them further to keep trying coupled with specific strategies on how to remember characters.